Story Number: NNS140820-13Release Date: 8/20/2014 8:17:00 PM
From Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) (NNS) -- Winners of the fiscal year (FY) 2013 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Environmental Awards competition were recognized today via a video teleconference (VTC) ceremony at the Pentagon.
Twenty-seven winners were selected in 10 categories including Natural Resources Conservation, Environmental Quality, Sustainability, Environmental Restoration, Cultural Resources Management, and Environmental Excellence in Weapon System Acquisition.
"Environmental stewardship is important for the Navy on many levels," said CNO Adm. Jonathan Greenert. "How we respond to our environment is what Americans see - did we take the time to care? If we can't get the environmental aspect of our ranges right, we'll never get them built and operating. And once we retire, what we leave behind is how we contributed to our environment that is important for the future."
This is the second time the awards ceremony has been held via VTC. Prior to 2013, the ceremony took place annually at the U.S. Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center in Washington, D.C. During his remarks at the event, Vice Adm. Phil Cullom, deputy CNO for fleet readiness and logistics (N4), mentioned the environmental and fiscal advantages of conducting the ceremony virtually.
"We're leveraging some innovative thinking and technology to provide recognition that's much deserved, but also saving time and travel dollars while reducing our carbon footprint," said Cullom.